I live by the Mahoning River in Youngtown and would like to explore it. My idea is to go up river and then back down. To ease my arms in these trips my thoughts were Min Kota trolling motor (40lb) for some of the strong currents by the dams or a gas motor. The Min Kota and 2 deep cell batteries that I assume would make it would be the same amount almost as a gas motor. In the gas motor the 4 stroke seems to better suite considering mixing fuels, which isn't too big of a deal how ever. My trips plan on being about 21 miles just going up. The river is calm in majority of the area. The kicker is I don't have a square end canoe, which is a Grumman 15'.My head is tumbling around the idea of the gas motor (2 hp Honda Marine I was thinking) and would weigh too much on the side, which would add the thought of stabilizers but adds other factors. My other idea was to cut the back end off and weld aluminum to make it a square end, which being an old canoe i'd prefer to keep it respected. I don't want to go fast just a decent speed about 9 mph up river.
Any Help would be appreciated.